To write about PC gaming let’s start at the point that bothers me the most. And hopefully, I will make my point clear.
There was a time when there were many retail locations one could walk into to purchase PC games right off the shelf. The available local PC games retailing market has shrunken by a very alarming margin. Locally, here in Los Angeles, California you have: Game Stop (limited number of stores offering very limited to no PC game titles), Best Buy/Target/Wal-Mart/Office Depot/Staples/Office Max (all stores offering limited number of PC game titles) and Fry’s Electronics (small electronic store chain offering the largest selection of locally available PC games titles). Not a whole lot to choose from when it comes to locally available retail outlets.
Most avid PC Gamers enjoy being able to pick up a PC game retail box and scrutinize it from front to back. Checking out the available in game imagery, storyline, computer hardware/software requirements and other important details in order to make an informed decision prior to purchasing a PC game. Especially when purchasing a game that is not well known to the purchaser.
This is becoming more and more difficult to do, as many of the aforementioned retailers are cutting back on PC game titles and are only offering them via their Internet retailing websites. The fact that you can still purchase PC games even if only via the web is good. The issue or problem is the lack of information that is given about a specific product on most retail websites. And then there is always the issue of returning something that either does not work as expected or which just simply turns out to be the wrong thing. And we all know that once you’ve purchased a software CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc, you are basically stuck with it if you made the mistake of opening it. At the current average cost of $39.99 for a basic version of a game to as much as $99.99 for a collector’s version, buying game software and having it turn out to be a bad copy, a bad security code or the wrong title by mistake can get to become very expensive.
PC, PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, Xbox, Nintendo Wii and all other electronic digitally based video games are designed, developed and ultimately produced using desktop computer workstations and networked servers. Furthermore, prior to porting or converting the finished game products to different hardware gaming platforms, most of these games are tested on PC desktops. Video game consoles are very convenient devices for those who want their gaming experience to occur or take place in their living room, family room, den, or theater entertainment room on their cozy, soft and cuddly couch. That’s great for casual gaming. A truly serious gamer wants a system with great and near unlimited gaming power that requires its own dedicated desk, chair and space so that the player can get enveloped, fully immersed into the gaming environment and thus begin to tear the game apart brick by pixilated brick. Microsoft Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo are cute and all but they definitely aren’t the only games in town, and PCs by far are still the most powerful, the most versatile and the best gaming platforms available!
So, these facts themselves should sustain that the idea of PCs being a viable gaming platform now and well into the foreseeable future, should at the very least be a creditable statement and perhaps a guide for all video gaming retailers to go by or to at least acknowledge when allocating space on their store shelves for video gaming products. And if selling a product on the Internet please include detailed product descriptions and information.
Don’t sell PCs short just yet.
PCs are still the only available platform out there that can be used to do everything.
And please don’t get me started comparing the usefulness of PCs vs. Tablets.